Digital Marketing in the New Year: Your Options Explained

By Jennie Lyon / February 6, 2018
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The march of technology continues onwards! Every year, there is more and more innovation in the realm of digital marketing. With all of this changing technology comes new opportunities to get your advertising dollar to go a little further. A virtual assistant can help you take advantage of these digital marketing platforms and get the word about your business out to a wider audience using personality-infused storytelling and tested digital marketing techniques. Social Media MarketingSocial media isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The increased engagement on platforms like Twitter means that 280 characters are more relevant than ever. Facebook has completely…

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How a Virtual Assistant Can Help Kick Your Business into High Gear this Winter!

By Jennie Lyon / January 23, 2018
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Has this winter given you the blues? It’s around this time of year when the winter weather can really start to wear you down. With stunningly cold temperatures all across the country, even in the states that are warmer during the winter, folks are really starting to miss the sunny days of the summer. Feelings of “hibernation” and depression are normal around the end of January/beginning of February. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it can take a huge toll on your productivity and your business. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, you need to be able to give…

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Why You Need a Virtual Assistant in the New Year… And I’m Not Talking about Alexa or Siri!

By Jennie Lyon / January 9, 2018
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You know, the only bad part about taking a vacation during the holidays is when you return to work in January. You sit down at your desk and just feel… stressed. You might feel overwhelmed at the amount of work that has piled up while you were taking a well-deserved festive rest with family and friends. There are clients to take care of, blog posts and social media that need to be written, a ton of email marketing to send out… Happy New Year! Thankfully, you don’t have to do it all alone. If you had a virtual assistant working…

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Winter is the Time to Plant the “Seeds” of Success for Growing Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / January 2, 2018
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Who in their right mind would plant seeds in the dead of winter? Smart small business owners, that’s who! The biggest hope for a new year is growing your business. That’s what most New Year’s Resolutions are about, people want to grow. Grow their business, grow their income, personal growth. Growing your business doesn’t happen by accident though, you need to plant seeds. For an entrepreneur, the seeds of growth are plans for the future, and January is the perfect time to make them. Seed #1: Make a New Year Business Plan Do you have a business plan, written down…

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How to Plan for the Upcoming New Year: Looking Ahead at Success

By Jennie Lyon / December 27, 2017
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The holidays are when everything can seem like it is spinning out of control for small businesses. Everyone wants to spend time with their family, but you still need to keep your customers happy while getting everything at the office finished by the end of the year. On top of all that, you should already be thinking ahead about the upcoming new year. By making some plans right now, you can get ahead of the game for your business and know exactly where you want to head starting January 1st. Here are a few ideas of things you can do…

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Looking Back On Your Year: What Business Lessons Did You Learn?

By Jennie Lyon / December 17, 2017
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Boy, I remember my first few years of business… When I think back, I kind of cringe at some of the mistakes that I made in my first few years as a small business owner. Now, sixteen years later, I simply can’t believe that I ever made those silly errors. But the reason that I am still in business is because I learned from them. Every single mistake I ever made, I learned from. That’s how you make a small business thrive. December is the perfect time to take a good look back at your year, figure out what worked…

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How to WOW Your Clients During the Holiday Season with High Level Service

By Jennie Lyon / December 10, 2017
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Is there anything worse than having a bad customer service experience during the holidays? The holidays are packed with stressful situations. You need to get everything at work finished before the holidays start. You need to buy presents. You need to decorate. And you need to go to all of those wonderful social occasions you’re invited to! Earlier this week, I got a quick reminder of how important good customer service is over the holidays. I had ordered a very special holiday gift for my husband that was supposed to arrive on Monday. Wednesday morning, two days later, I awoke…

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How to Show Your Clients Some Love this Holiday Season

By Jennie Lyon / December 3, 2017
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There is nothing like shopping for gifts to make the holiday stresses pile up! Even though Black Friday is behind us, the malls are still packed to the brim with folks trying to find the exact right gifts for their family and friends. You’re probably one of them (if you can find the time…). Gifts are more than just objects, they are a way of showing someone how much we care about them. And who does a small business care about more than their clients? Small client holiday gifts or gestures can be a great way to reinforce current client…

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5 Marketing Mistakes That Keep You From Having High Paying Clients All Year

By Jennie Lyon / September 12, 2017
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As a self-employed entrepreneur, you know that the overall goal is to reach that sweet spot of a steady flow of business with a solid clientele you love. To accomplish this, it’s worth reconsidering the methods you use to market your services effectively and stand out as a pro in your field. Even if you are hugely talented, you probably won’t be able to draw in clients if you don’t use effective  marketing techniques. There are quite a few marketing mistakes that many small business owners and entrepreneurs make, even if they are in-the-know. Sometimes it’s because they’ve never had…

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